St. John’s Closed Through the End of March

Due to the coronavirus, services, as well as all church activities, are cancelled through the end of March.

Please contact the church office at 419-358-5641 for food pantry deliveries.  Please leave a message if no one is available, and your call will be returned so that a delivery time can be established.

Thank you!

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Thirsty Voices (John 4:5-42)

Amistad Sunday

Your people are thirsty for justice, Holy God.  Hear our cry.

On this Amistad Sunday, we remember those who thirsted for justice aboard the slave ship Amistad.  We remember how women, children and men were stolen from their homes, were loaded like cargo onto a ship, were mocked and tortured.  We remember the horrors of that terrible voyage and we say never again will the cry for justice go unanswered.

Your people are thirsty for justice, Holy God.  Hear our cry.

We remember how those imprisoned aboard the Amistad were strangers to each other, and did not even speak the same language, yet still worked together to plan and execute an escape.  We remember how the prisoners took control of the ship.  We remember how the ship Amistad was then captured a second time, and how those children of God ere imprisoned once again, this time on American soil.  We remember the indignity of imprisonment and we say never again will the cry for justice go unanswered.

Your people are thirsty for justice, Holy God.  Hear our cry.

We remember how a legal battle then began, to send those imprisoned on the Amistad home to the African soil from which they had been stolen.  We remember those, many of them our ancestors in faith, who worked for justice both from within and outside of prison bars.  We remember those who have fought for freedom from unjust confinement and we say never again will the cry for justice go unanswered.

Your people are thirsty for justice, Holy God.  Hear our cry.

We remember and give thanks for these, our ancestors in faith who fought from freedom from sea and land.  We celebrate their courage and we honor their dedication.  We join them here and now as we say with one voice that never again will the cry for justice go unanswered.

Your people are thirsty for justice, Holy God.  Hear our cry, now and forever.  Amen.

Find our more about the Amistad case of 1839 at the National ARchives:  https://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/amistad

 

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Lenten Mission Project

The Board of Christian Education has chosen Church World Service’s “Best Gift” as our 2020 Lenten Mission Project.  Money to purchase sheep and chickens will be collected until Easter Sunday, April 12.  The sheep are $60.00 each, and two hens and a rooster are $18.00.  Your donation will go toward the purchase of sheep or chickens depending in which basket you place your donation.

Chickens require little space and can thrive on scraps allowing families to make money without spending much.  With a donation of $18.00 a family will be given two hens and a rooster along with training to turn your donation into a lifetime opportunity.

  • One hen can lay up to 200 eggs a year.  The eggs provide protein and nourishment for the family.
  • Sale of extra eggs and offspring can boost the family income
  • Passing this gift on ensures security for generations

Sheep can graze on the hilliest, rockiest pastures unsuitable for other livestock.  They are adaptable and are able to survive nearly anywhere in the world.  A gift of $60.00 will provide a family with a sheep.

  • Sheep can provide milk for hungry families.
  • Wool from the sheep is used to make warm clothing.
  • Sale of extra wool can boost the income of the family.
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Lenten Devotionals Available

A variety of Lenten devotionals are available on the back windowsill in the sanctuary.  Please take one to read each day to enhance your Lenten journey.

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This Week at St. John’s UCC

Centering Thought for March 15:  You, who are thirsty, come.  Here, you will find Christ’s grace to quench your thirst, and God’s love to nourish your souls.

Sunday, March 15–Worship at 10:30 a.m., with special guest speaker, Ron Geiser.  Meditation is “Thirsty Voices/Cheap Grace”.  The choir will sing “Come to the Water”, by J.B. Foley and “As Water to the Thirsty”, by T. Brian Coleman and Timothy Dudley-Smith.

ALL events cancelled through the end of March.

 

 

 

 

 

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Fall Hours Begin September 8, 2019

Beginning September 8, 2019, and continuing until the first Sunday in June, 2020, Faith Formation classes will meet at 9:30 a.m., and worship starts at 10:30 a.m.

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Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen

If you would like to volunteer for helping serve at Our Daily Bread soup kitchen in Lima on Tuesday,  March 24, 2020,  please sign up on the bulletin board in the sanctuary.  Helpers are always welcome.

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Facebook Page

You are missing out on a super way to advertise our church if you are not sharing with many of your other Facebook friends St. John’s Facebook page.  There are many interesting articles posted every day.  “Friend” all of your friends and ask them to “Like” the St. John’s page–let’s let people know we are here, alive, and moving forward!

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This website can now be found at www.blufftonstjohns.com!

In an effort to make this site easier for you to access, it can now be found at www.blufftonstjohns.com!  You can still find this page using the old web address, but now it will be easier to tell family and friends where they can find up-to-date news about St. John’s UCC in Bluffton, Ohio.

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